My name is Kelly Slama-McManus. I am trained in pediatrics and have used my diverse interests within pediatric medicine to work in parenting education, general pediatrics, emergency medicine and behavioral pediatrics. Through my experiences, I have gained perspective and knowledge allowing me to serve children and families in a variety of settings.
My training began at Miami of Ohio University where I obtained my Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. As an undergraduate I worked in the campus crisis center, as a psychology research and teaching assistant, and as the Director of the campus radio station. After undergraduate, I worked as the Director of the YWCA Leadership and Empowerment Program for young women identified to be at risk of dropping out of high school in Eastern Oregon. While there, I decided to pursue additional education to achieve a greater level of impact. While working at the Providence Portland Earl A. Chiles Research Institute, I completed my Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Studies at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. Importantly, during this time, I also met my husband who graduated from Portland State as well. Once we completed our studies, we moved back to my home in Indiana where I then began my medical education.
As a medical student at Indiana University School of Medicine, I quickly found pediatric medicine to be my focus. While a medical student, I had my first child. The experience of parenthood cemented my desire to continue to work with children and families. My residency training in General Pediatrics at Indiana University, working at Riley Hospital for Children, Wishard Hospital and Methodist Hospital was challenging and wonderful. I was able to work along-side world class physician role models who kept me engaged and affirmed in my desire to make an impact in the lives of children and their families. I developed a special interest in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics under the teaching of Dr. Nerissa Bauer, and was awarded the Anne E. Dyson Child Advocacy Award as a result of my development of a novel parenting program for teen mothers. Upon graduation, my family had grown, and I was the mother to two young boys.
I began my career as a general pediatrician in Carmel, Indiana. I loved my practice and the families I met. I grew as a physician, became skilled in medication management and familiar with psychological and psychiatric resources. I volunteered at Indiana University North Hospital and St Vincent Hospitals monthly in their “New Parent” classes. After 5 years in outpatient medicine, my family had grown to three young children. I turned my focus to working nights and spending the days with my children. I joined the exceptional team at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital Emergency Department, where I
have worked the last 6 years. Through these years, we completed our family with our fourth child. Working in the Emergency Department is physically taxing, cognitively stimulating and emotionally challenging. While there, my exposure to mental health needs and crises motivated me to expand my professional impact in the field of mental health.
As a physician and as a parent, I have seen our youth and my own children suffer from mental health difficulties. I am familiar with the toll this takes on a family and the strength it takes to advocate for your child across multiple domains, including school. I have a heart for serving children and families. I look forward to using my skills in parenting education, child development, behavioral medicine, and my personal experiences. My goal is to provide compassionate, family-centered care that will enable your child and family to thrive. My focus is family-child relationships/training, ADHD, anxiety, depression,
special education advocacy, and the behaviorally challenging child. I offer medication management, collaboration with your psychiatrist or other mental health professionals, parent education and counseling.
When I am not working, I am a proud wife and mother of four vibrant children. I enjoy traveling (especially to Northern Michigan), staying connected with my friends, gardening, and reading.
Can be found on Instagram @drkellyonline